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Red and Black

Game Type
Kids, Adults
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Strictly speaking, this game is not a form of Poker, but it is often played for variety during some social Poker games.

The Play

Each player in turn, beginning on the dealer's left, places any bet up to the limit, and names "red" or "black." The dealer gives the player five cards face up. If three or more are of the color named, the dealer pays the bet; if three or more are of the opposite color, the dealer collects the bet. If all five cards are of the same color, double the bet is paid or collected.

In one other game called Red and Black, the cards are dealt as in Draw Poker, but the object is to make up hands of high or low point values. The point values are: king, queen, jack and ten - 10 each; ace - 1; other cards - their pip value. All red cards are plus values, and all black cards are minus values. Thus the hand, K, J, 8, 7, 3 would count minus 12. The high count and the low count divide the pot.